# Array formula mac - action-oriented solutions

## How do I create an array in Excel for Mac?

Select the range, press CONTROL + U and then press ⌘ + RETURN . CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER, **ARRAY** FORMULA **EXCEL** 2016 **MAC**.

- What you will see will change everything.

After that, it will never be the same again. Let me explain. When you learn to work with sophisticated formulas such as Let's be honest.

Not many people like to spend time rewriting this from scratch or bothering to look for a file that contains this formula. It's time consuming. Here is the problem.

They need it for their work. That's why these two articles are popular articles on my channel even though they contain these crazy formulas. After that event, Microsoft Ignite 2018, everything changed.

Dynamic arrays were introduced. Well, here's the thing. This isn't just a bunch of new formulas added to Excel.

This is a change in Excel's calculation engine. It makes everything easier, including how existing formulas work. Now I want to show you something.

I will be recording these two articles. Your total time is is over 30 minutes and I'm going to run the timer. I'm going to solve these two articles with dynamic arrays just to give you some context.

Here I have a list for you to split up, you can see the names are not grouped, they are scattered. Before that, I used the app that belongs to division. Now I've created a unique division dropdown menu first.

This has a list of three names. In front of there is a dependent drop-down list. So these are the apps that belong to the game department.

What you see below is the data prep table for these to work. This gives us a unique list, this gives us the department app, but look at this formula, it's crazy! It even goes to the next line. And what's also insane is the offset formula I have here, let's take a quick look at it under Data Validation, check this out.

Now I've created this to make sure my app list stops at the end of the last app. So that I don't have empty cells there. No wonder it took me this long to do.

Just a note here that at the time of filming, dynamic arrays are not available to the general public. They will be available in the future. When? It's not yet defined.

Now let's do this the way with dynamic arrays. call the timer, start now. I'm still going to create a data prep table and use one of the new dynamic array formulas called Unique Function, it takes an array argument Note that the next two arguments are optional.

I won't even bother with that. I'll close the bracket and hit enter. Now look at that.

The formula carries over to the next cells, just type in. Creating the drop-down list is even more exciting. Let's go back to data validation, select the list, but for the source I won't highlight this as my array may be expanding the entire buried array, and there is a new syntax for that.

Put the hashtag symbol directly after the cell reference. This means that you are referring to the entire array. So take a look at this.

It has them all in there. Now you're probably asking, 'What if I add something new? Will it be updated? ' I formatted this as an Excel spreadsheet so yes it will update. If you don't have an Excel spreadsheet, you may just want to add extra cells to your unique formula and they'll be taken into account once they're filled in.

Let's just add something here. The new division is displayed here and here it is displayed. Let's do the harder part.

That was the dependent drop-down list. I'll be using another new dynamic array function called the Filter Function. It actually filters in the formula.

There is no need to update a filter manually, it is dynamic, what to filter? I want this to be filtered. What parameter to filter by? We should filter if the division of this cell is equal to the bracket close and hit enter. And that's it.

Let's create our second create drop down menu, go back to data validation, list. What was the reference for the spill? . We have our dynamic drop down list.

Let's change this to new. Check this out. Our list is limited to members of the new department.

Stop the timer. Wait a minute! How about the sorting? This was super hard to do in traditional Excel. No more.

All I have to do is use the new dynamic array sorting formula. This is my array. I can define the sort index, sort order and column I want to sort by, all of these are optional.

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I'll go with the default setting. Sort it perfectly. I'll do the same with my filter function here.

That sorted itself too. Look at that. I've got Game, New, Productivity, and Usefulness.

Here are the new fields in alphabetical order . Let's compare these two formulas. (funky music) Isn't that crazy? Lots of you guys have left nice comments under these long articles, and here are some who digest even the truth.

It's really hard. I find it too complicated. Yes, it's complicated.

Here's another one. Very useful, me would have thought Excel had this ready as it is probably used quite a lot, isn't that great that we are finally going to integrate it? Anyone who uses Excel to analyze data will have it easier because it's not just these formulas. There are thousands of formula combinations that will make difficult tasks super easy.

A big thank you to the Microsoft Excel team for making this available to us. If you are excited about this, and have to be, if you keep watching until now, comment below, let me know what you think. (cheeky music)

## How do you enter an array formula?

**Enter an array formula**- Select the cells where you want to see your results.
**Enter**your**formula**.- Press Ctrl+Shift+
**Enter**. Excel fills each of the cells you selected with the result.

Hello.

In this Excel tutorial, we are going to go into what an array formula is in Excel, how to use it, and ends with some tips to keep in mind when using array formulas. First, an array in Excel refers to a group of values - they can be in a row, column, or both. An array formula is a formula that performs calculations on the array.

This probably sounds strange since the purpose of all formulas is to calculate something, so let's take a quick look at it. On my screen is some sales data per month. Let's say I want to find out how many dollars were total sold that month.

I could multiply the data in each row separately or use an array formula. To do this, we need to first highlight all of the cells that we want the array formula to be in, then enter the equals sign and highlight the first column we want to multiply - and I'm using columns here, but you can just as easily do this for rows - then do we put a * to multiply and highlight the next column we want to multiply by and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. And for your information, to create an array formula you need to press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

Otherwise, just create a regular formula. You know you've built an array formula when you see these curly braces. And notice how our data is multiplied for each month.

And then to check it out, you can just multiply your quantity sold by your average dollar sold. And note that the array formula did just that, except with fewer dashes. Let's delete that.

Ok, why is this helpful if we really just had to multiply the formulas and copy them down? Well, to start with, you're just using one formula instead of 12. So every time you add a formula to your spreadsheet, it just takes up a bit more memory. And if you're working with a large data set, this can affect how much time your table will take to recalculate and update.

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Since you only enter one formula, you can save time on your work. And by the way, if you find this tutorial helpful, please like it and subscribe to the channel so you'll see new tutorials as soon as they come out. We can use other functions in array formulas as well.

So we just put in an array formula across multiple cells to get the grand total sold by month, but what if we need to find the grand total for the year? To do this we need to multiply each row and then sum the sums ...

OR we can combine these calculations using an array formula. So let's get here ...

and to do that we give = SUM (and choose the total amount sold, multiply by all the average dollars per sale, then hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter again, and this gives us our total dollars sold for the year Just format all of these ...

So what's important to remember? Remember when working with array formulas? Well, first thing is Ctrl + Shift + Enter. If you're not pressing the formula to exit your formula, you don't have an array formula. 2.

When you get into your formula, as you did when using F2 and don't press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to exit, you clear the array formula. If your calculation is in a single cell, like in our sum here, and you accidentally exit without hitting Ctrl + Shift +. Enter, all you have to do is just go back into the formula and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to exit, and this w ird to fix rmula across multiple cells like we did here to calculate dollars per month, you can't just edit one cell.

I notice an error when I try to go into a cell and do an edit. Now you can edit the area ...

let's get out of this ...

and make sure you hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter when you're done. And note that this has changed the range for everyone which gives us an error down here as this is now out of range. Let's reverse that. 4.

To delete an array formula in multiple cells, select all cells that contain that array formula and click Delete. And let's take that back. 5.

In case you're curious, no, you can't just use the keyboard to type in curly braces, you have to press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Finally, think about your audience. If you share your table with others who may want to make changes to it, consider whether they are familiar with array formulas and how to use them - and you can just send them a link to this tutorial anytime - but if they do not knowing what they are, they can accidentally break the formula, which will affect the results shown for the data.

If you enjoyed this tutorial on Using Array Formulas in Microsoft Excel, make sure to like the article and don't forget to subscribe to this channel. Many Thanks!

## What does {} mean in Excel?

Entering An Array Formula

Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to confirm this formula (instead of just pressing ENTER). This will produce curly brackets **{}** around the formula. These curly brackets are how **Excel** recognises an array formula.

Today we are going to talk about the hash reference in Excel, a common question I get is what is this hash mark that I keep using in my articles when referencing cells? Well, if you have Microsoft 365 you already have the hash sign and you should use it because it will make your life a lot easier.

Let me show you how to do it. Here I have some sample data that is not formatted as an Excel spreadsheet. First, let me show you where you can't use the hash mark.

So you can't just put in same thing, reference A3, put in hash and expect your results to overflow and include the range from A3 to D18, that won't happen. And the reason why it doesn't happen? is that this is not a spilled area. You can only use the hash sign when referring to a spilled area.

Now how do you recognize a spilled area? Well, I'll show you. First, let's create one Spilled area. How? do that? Well, split regions are generally created using formulas that overflow.

So if you use the sort function or the unique function, for example, these are functions that spill over. If you'd like to learn more about these features, I have a separate article about it and I will add the link for it to the description of this article course that covers all of the new features in Excel 365. I also add the link.

The only thing we need for this unique function is our range. So let's say I want to get the unique division and region combination. I reference this area, close the bracket and hit enter and this is now a spilled area.

I've written the formula as soon as I hit enter and the result is carried over to the next cells. So now you can see the spilled area has this automatic blue frame, so every time I click away, it's gone. Every time I click in, it's there.

And number two is that the formula only lives in the first cell. So that's the top left corner in the formula bar, the formula here is dark. When I go to the next cells it is grayed out, this is how you can tell the spilled area.

Check this out. When I try to remove part of this area I just hit backspace here and hit enter, I can't do this. When I hit the delete key, it won't let me do it.

The formula can only be removed here. If I hit the backspace key here and hit enter, my formula is gone. I'm going to hit the controls to go back.

Now, instead of just removing them, when you type something about this let's say I type subscribe. This is a good time to let you know that if you haven't subscribed to this channel, consider subscribing, especially if you are learning new topics here. If i type this in and i hit enter i get a spill error here, why? Because my formula wants to spill and there is a blockage if I remove that blockage I get my results back.

Now that we know what a spilled area is, how can we use the hash mark? Well, if you refer to an area that has this property that is overflowing, you can use the hash mark, so here if I go in and type = G3 and now I put in hash and hit enter, my range is automatically spilled and it picks up everything. The advantage of using the hash mark is that the moment this original range expands, this range automatically expands. For example, if I go back to my example data here and create a new combination for Productivity Europe, we change that to Productivity Australia and I hit Enter, and I get that combination shown here automatically.

And that part, my hash reference is auto-expanding Okay, so I hit Ctrl + Z to go back. Now, if you take a closer look at our first formula, you will notice that I am referring to A3 through B18. So I am using direct cell referencing.

This is not an Excel spreadsheet. This means that every time I add something new, when I add health and add Europe, it obviously doesn't expand that area. But if I go in and expand it manually and then hit enter, the second area will expand automatically because I'm using the hash sig n here, now the best practice is to use excel spreadsheets as you won't have this problem , your scope will automatically expand if the source is a table and it is not because I am using a special function such as B.

Unique, this works with any Excel function which is why it is great to use tables as a source. So if we convert this to an Excel spreadsheet, we don't have to worry about that part anymore as our offer will be expanded automatically. Let me just press Ctrl + Z to go back.

Before we do that and show you how spill areas behave with tables, let me show you one other thing. Remember, when I entered this formula, I actually entered G3 and then added hash to enter the hash. Here, if you have just referred to that spilled area, it will be automatically placed for you.

Take a look at that and just remove it. Now when I reference it, take a look at the formula bar, it's still G3 through H8. Now if I expand that and go down one more row, see what happens, it adds the high sign for you.

Okay, so if you reference the entire range you will get this hash mark too. Let's take a break and look at a practical use of the hash sign. Now using that in general example in other formulas here, let's say I want a unique list for either Region, App, or Division and I want to make this Disruptor selection.

So when I switch to the app here I get a clear list of apps and get auto numbering on the sites. When I switch to division I only have two different divisions. Where does hash come into play? In the sequence and the COUNTA Functions.

If you are curious what formula I used here, it is a combination of unique index and x match which is the new version of the match function. Now let's go back to our original example. Let's convert this to an official Excel spreadsheet and see what happens.

So I hit Ctrl + T, the table has headings and let's go with Ok, so now this is a table, the moment I start to add something, take a look at my listing here. I add Health and Europe, it will automatically expand as my source is now a table. And how about using hash references in a table? Well, tables have built-in spill behavior already.

Look at that. For example, if I just added a new column to this table and wanted to take that number here and subtract one from it. So I do minus one.

The moment I hit enter, my results are spilled, everything is relatively referenced and using structured relative references in the table. Now if I use the hash signor instead, I write a formula that overflows. I will refer to this column here.

When I close the bracket and hit enter, I get an error, why? Because my formula is spilled. When in this cell, she tries to write game, productivity, and health. And then when it's in that cell trying to write the same game, productivity and healing may block each other.

So you will get the 'High Spill' error. This means you cannot use any spilled areas within a table. And the reason for this is that you end up with what is like a table within a table, which Excel can do.

In this two-dimensional environment, we only have rows and columns. It would be nice to get a little table icon here and we could click on that and go to a second table that only shows us these three tables can have in the cells. You can click on it and get to the details.

Unfortunately, this behavior cannot be displayed here in the grid. I think this is something to keep in mind when working with tables. Now I have a bonus tip for you here, what if you want to refer to the spilled area but don't want the entire area back.

You only want a specific part of that area. So let's say I just want to get Column I back from this spilled area. While there are several ways to do this, one way is to do this: to use the index function, the array is your spilled area so I'll go with I3 #, I want to include all the rows so I'll get this one Just skip the argument and for the column number I can return the index number of the column that I want to return.

So if I just want the first column I'll add one, close the bracket, hit enter and I'll get the first column back, if I just want it I'll get the second Okay, I hope it's clear now what this hash reference is and how we can make your reports more dynamic without worrying about updating your source areas as they change, hope you found this article useful so give it a thumbs up on this channel and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on office productivity topics, just click the subscribe button below the article. Thank you for your attention and we'll see you in the next article. (mellow music)

## How do you autofill an array formula in Excel?

**Here's what you need to do.**

- Select the range of cells that contains your current
**array formula**, plus the empty cells next to the new data. - Press F2. Now you can edit the
**formula**. - Replace the old range of data cells with the new one.
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

## How to enter an array formula in Excel Mac?

Found a solution to Excel Mac2016 as having to paste the code into the relevant cell, enter, then go to the end of the formula within the header bar and enter the following: Enter a formula as an array formula Image + SHIFT + RETURN or CONTROL + SHIFT + RETURN CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER, ARRAY FORMULA EXCEL 2016 MAC.

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## How to enter Mac Stack Overflow formula in Excel?

Select the range, press CONTROL + U and then press ⌘ + RETURN. Found a solution to Excel Mac2016 as having to paste the code into the relevant cell, enter, then go to the end of the formula within the header bar and enter the following:

## How do you create an array in Excel?

In Excel for the web, you can view array formulas if the workbook you open already has them. But you won’t be able to create an array formula in this version of Excel by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter, which inserts the formula between a pair of opening and closing braces ( { }).

## How to calculate multiple results in an array in Excel?

To calculate multiple results by using an array formula, enter the array into a range of cells that has the exact same number of rows and columns that you’ll use in the array arguments. Select the range of cells in which you want to enter the array formula. Enter the formula that you want to use.